Kick off your weekend and UW-Madison Badgers’ football season with tailgating and lots of fun on Friday.
Partake in great food, beer and beverages, along with kids’ activities, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Friday at the official Athletics-sponsored Badgerville pre-game tailgate party in Engineering Mall just north of Camp Randall Stadium. The Ryan McGrath Band, the UW Band and Bucky Badger will provide live entertainment. Admission is free and open to the public.
More information: www.uwbadgers.com/badgerville.
Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., welcomes both Badger fans and Utah State fans to a family-friendly pre-game Badger Bash 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Indoor and outdoor festivities include food, drinks, games, UW Band and UW Spirit Squad performances and live music from The Retro Specz. Admission is free and open to the public.
Make red and white flower crowns to show off your team spirit, or get an express hairstyle of Badger braids noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Revel, 107 N. Hamilton St. Flower crowns and express hairstyles are $10/each.
More information: revelmadison.com/post/events/flower-crowns-badger-braids.
Keep the Badger Fan-demonium going 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at DreamBank, 1 N. Pinckney St. Their post-game drop-in family event includes Badger crafts, face painting (1 to 3 p.m.), photo ops with Bucky Badger (10 to 11 a.m.), and more.
More information: www.dreamfearlessly.com/?p=6010.
Wilhelm Tell Festival
Visit New Glarus for Wilhelm Tell Festival. A children’s laternenumzug (lantern parade) 8 p.m. Friday in downtown New Glarus gets the weekend off to a glowing start. The parade is followed by a free kinderchor concert.
Free events starting 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Glarus include a yodel showcase, yodelers/männerchor, and a street dance.
Blues singer/songwriter Greg Boerner will serenade visitors 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in New Glarus Village Park, 912 Second St., New Glarus, as they browse fine arts and crafts at Art in the Park. A book sale in Village Hall will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Performances of the Wilhelm Tell Pageant will be held 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Wilhelm Tell Grounds, W5199 Highway W, New Glarus. Volunteer performers present the tale of the superior marksman who was forced to shoot an apple off the top of his son’s head with his crossbow. Tell later has a hand in freeing Switzerland from the yoke of the Austrian rule. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/students K-12.
More information: www.wilhelmtellfestival.org.
— Robyn Norton